Film crews in area bring in big $$$ locally and in Illinois

Date: 
04/13/2013
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On a wet cold night on Armitage, this is a "Chicago Fire" scene behind the cameras

Illinois’ film industry generated a record $184 million in spending in 2012, resulting in more than 2,200 full-time equivalent jobs, announced Governor Patrick Quinn, Fri., Apr. 12, on a Chicago set for a science fiction movie Divergent. 

Last year's record topped the previous record of $161 million in 2010. A record number of television series contributed to last year’s success, including Chicago Fire, Boss, Mob Doctor and Underemployed. The four shows generated a combined $92 million in spending. Many independent films, including Sundance darling Joe Swanberg’s latest work Drinking Buddies, and a thriving commercial production industry also helped make 2012 a record year. 

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"Smoke filled" Lotties has actors and film crew tracking the action

“Our talented crews, iconic shooting locations and world class sound stages and studios have helped make 2012 a banner year for the Illinois film industry,” Quinn said. “There is no better place to film a movie or a show than right here in Illinois. We will continue to work hard and bring more productions to our state, which will create good jobs and drive more economic growth.” 

“Last year was a record-breaker for Illinois’ film industry. With blockbuster productions like Divergent already filming in Illinois, as well as Chicago Fire and three more TV pilots, we have the makings of another successful year,” Illinois Film Office Managing Director Betsy Steinberg said. “Our film production tax credits, access to world-class infrastructure and great crews combine to make Illinois a winning destination for production companies.” 

Quinn signed a 10-year extension of the Illinois Film Tax Credit in 2011, which has paved the way for more productions in Illinois. 

Illinois Film Office (IFO) actively pursues film projects by promoting Illinois as an ideal location to film. In addition, the IFO administers the Illinois Film Tax Credit, which offers a 30 percent tax credit to filmmakers for money spent on Illinois goods and services, including wages paid to Illinois residents. Since its inception, the Film Tax Credit has helped bring more than one billion dollars in revenue to the state.

Photos by Elaine A. Coorens

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